December 14, 2010 11:44 ET

Staff Training to Stop Shop Crime in Nottingham

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 14, 2010) - Nottingham shop staff are taking part in crime awareness training a month earlier this year to ensure ample time for adequate training across all retail sectors before the Christmas rush.

The half day training sessions include crime and personal safety awareness and a presentation by the City of London Police Specialist Card Fraud Unit. The presentation focuses on card fraud and how to prevent it. The crime awareness course will also provide extensive training on retailer rights and includes a brief overview of the process of identifying suspicious behaviour and how to stop it effectively.

The training sessions are mainly directed towards temporary staff as they are usually only taken on to help out during the Christmas rush. They, therefore, don't have as much experience as permanent retail staff and need more coaching regarding the nuances of retail crime awareness.

Nottingham City Council Portfolio holder for community safety, Counsellor Jon Collins said, "seasonal work during peak shopping periods like Christmas is often the first time a person has worked in the city or in retail. The NBAC training helps equip them for their new role."

Collins added that "In the 12 months to March 2010, retail crime in Nottingham city centre fell by 7.6% compared to the previous year. Offenders now realise they are known to retailers and their staff and are aware of the number of eyes always watching them. Vigilance on the part of retailers means police can build bigger and better cases against offenders. Giving shop staff the information they need to deal with criminal behaviour when they spot it is one of the best ways of preventing crime."

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